Singing sensation Amelia Bennetts is hoping to wow the crowds at the Gazette’s Young Performer Awards.
The 11-year-old with a powerful voice has already amazed judges in national competitions - including Teen Star and The Voice Kids, but has fallen just short of taking home the overall titles.
Now Amelia from South Shields, will be stepping into the limelight again after being nominated for a Young Performer Award as part of this year’s Best of South Tyneside Awards.
Sponsored by Port of Tyne, the annual accolade is awarded to outstanding performers in the borough each year and has been won by stars including Joe McElderry and Jade Thirlwall.
Amelia, who goes to the Anna Leigh Vocal Studios in North Shields and All Star Productions at the Customs House, was put forward for the accolade by proud mum Dora Saleh, 60.
She hopes taking part in the event will help her daughter’s confidence to grow.
She said: “Amelia loves singing ballads from artists such as Whitney Houston and Eva Cassidy.
“She goes to the Anna Leigh Vocal Studios and has also won the further achievement award in the Teen Star, and was invited to London to record.
“We go down to the studios in London once a month so she can record covers and work on her own material with ChartHouse Music.
“They help her to develop her own style. She just loves singing. She is a little girl with a big voice.”
Amelia has been going to both schools for a number of years where she both acts and sings.
She also has her own Facebook page called ‘Amelia Music’ where she posts videos of her performances.
The youngster, who is due to start Mortimer Comprehensive next month, has previously made it through the early stages of competitions including The Voice Kids and Britain’s Got Talent, but was knocked out before the TV rounds.
But mum Dora said such auditions to help build up her confidence as a solo artist.
Dora added: “She has been singing since she was just seven years old.
“She was singing around the house and I put a video of her on Facebook and everyone was saying, ‘wow she can really sing.’
“People can’t believe such a little girl can have a voice like that.
“The award would be really good to help build up her confidence and it would be great for her to perform in he home town.”
Sponsoring the overall Best of South Tyneside Awards this year is electronics giant Siemens as the headline sponsor, along with a host of category sponsors including, Harlow Print, Northumbrian Water, South Shields Football Club and the Customs House.
We are asking for nominations to be submitted by Friday, September 1.
The Best of South Tyneside Awards look to honour outstanding members of the community.
After the deadline there will be a night of live performances by all of the young contenders in the running and that will be held on September 5, at the Customs House.
The top three will then be chosen by judges to move on to the Best of South Tyneside grand finale at the Quality Hotel, in Boldon on September 21.
These are the sections to choose from:
• Role Model
• Neighbour of the Year
• Greener South Tyneside
• Child of Achievement
• Fundraiser of the Year
• Entrepreneur of the Year
• Carer of the Year
• Sporting Excellence
• Sports Team of the Year
• Community Champion
• Student of the Year
• Community Group
• Volunteer of the Year
• Child of Courage
• Young Performer of the Year
• Lifetime Contribution
To make a nomination, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the category you wish to nominate and provide your full contact details, including email address and phone number along with those of your nominee.
Nominations can also be posted to Lynn Wild, Alexander House, Second Floor, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland, DH4 5RA.